Battle Robots Built by Northeast Ohio Students Will Face Off at AWT RoboBots Competition April 30 at Lakeland Community College

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Battle robots designed and built by 25 Northeast Ohio high school and junior high teams will face off at the sixth annual Alliance for Working Together RoboBots competition held at Lakeland Community College April 30. The event is open to the public and no admission fee is charged.

AWT RoboBots

The AWT RoboBots competition is designed to teach students about STEM careers and help develop the next generation of skilled workers and includes events planned to help stimulate an interest in aeronautics, space science and engineering.

Battle robots designed and built by 25 Northeast Ohio high school and junior high teams will face off at the sixth annual Alliance for Working Together RoboBots competition held at Lakeland Community College April 30.

Doors open at 8 a.m., with high school battles starting at 8:30 and junior high clashes tentatively set to start at noon at Lakeland’s Athletic and Fitness Center, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirkland. The event is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

Each team of students has designed and built a battle robot and will submit a portfolio and participate in a group interview before placing their robot in the battle cage. The robots will then battle it out, weapon-to-weapon, to see whose robot is the last one rolling. The competition follows the rules and regulations of the National Robotics League.

This is the first year the competition is available to junior high students. The AWT Junior Bots competition includes 25 teams from 16 middle schools in Lake and Geauga counties.

HGR Industrial Surplus is among more than two dozen sponsors for this year’s high school level competition. Along with SC Industries, HGR is co-sponsoring the Euclid High School 10-member team, dubbed “The Untouchables,” which tied for ninth place in a field of 35 competitors last year.

Northeast Ohio high schools participating in the AWT RobBots competition include the following: Andrews Osborne Academy, A-Tech, Auburn Career Center, Beaumont High School, Cleveland Heights High School, Cornerstone Christian Academy, East Community Learning Center of Akron Public Schools, Euclid High School, Four Cities Educational Compact, Harvey High School, iSTEM ECHS, Kirtland High School, Lake Catholic Lake Shore Compact, Madison High School, Maplewood Career Center, Max Hayes, Mentor High School, North High School, Perry High School, Polaris Career Center, Rittman High School, Riverside High School, VASJ High School, West Geauga High School and Wickliffe High School.

Corporate sponsorships of the high school teams, which involve donations of expertise, space, services, supplies and money, include the following: Short Run Machine Products, Fargo Machine, USM Precision Products, Christopher Tool, Nottingham Spirk, Talan Products, Ohio Ordnance Works, HGR Industrial Surplus, SC Industries, Sattler Company, Flohr Machine Co., Avery Dennison, U.S. Endoscopy, Heisler Tool/Precision Machining Institute, Suburban Manufacturing, Torque Transmission, South Shore Controls, Allen Aircraft, Libra Industries, Spence Technologies, Jergens Inc., Criterion Tool & Die, Fredon Corp., Heisler Tool, Precision Machining Institute, Burton Industries and Universal Metal Products.

The AWT RoboBots competition is designed to teach students about STEM careers and help develop the next generation of skilled workers and includes events planned to help stimulate an interest in aeronautics, space science and engineering.

Any participating team can go on to the National Robotics League contest scheduled for May 20-21 in California, Pa.

HGR Industrial Surplus is one of the country’s largest resellers of used and surplus industrial equipment. Located in the former GM Fisher Auto Body Plant, HGR has more than half a million square feet of office and showroom space with at least 15,000 items in inventory that range from mop buckets to vertical mills to Motoman and Fanuc manufacturing robots. HGR serves as a conduit between customers looking for affordable, used manufacturing machinery and industrial equipment, and manufacturers hoping to recoup some portion of their initial capital investments.

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